The GED® Math Test is 115 minutes long and it has about 45-49 questions from 4 main categories.
On the second part of the test, a calculator is allowed and you will have access to Math formulas.
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To pass the test you need to answer correctly between 30 and 32 questions.
Math questions belong to these categories:
- Solving Equation 30%
- Graphs and functions 25%
- Number Sense, Order of Operation, Probability 25%
- Geometry (Triangles are the most commonly-tested geometry question type ) 20%
Questions that you need to solve without a Calculator:
These questions cover the following topics:
- Fractions and Decimals, Least common multiple (LCM), Greatest Common Factor (GCF) and Distributive Property
- Exponents and Rational exponents, Absolute value of a rational number
- Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division on rational numbers, Numerical expressions with squares and square roots, Numerical expressions with cubes and cube roots
- Determine when a numerical expression is undefined
Algebra is tested the most and geometry is tested the least. Be sure to divide your study time accordingly amongst these topics.
Math Strategies to Apply
- Work with the answers. On multiple-choice questions, if you are stuck, take advantage of the fact that the answer is printed right there as one of the choices. The correct answer is the one that works!
- Plug in real numbers. In other words, “dummy it down” by using convenient numbers in place of letters (variables) to make a problem more concrete. This very powerful strategy can be used on multiple-choice questions as well as the grid-in questions.